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Contractors respond to upcoming federal vaccine mandates

Since President Joe Biden announced plans to require vaccines in some workplaces earlier this month, a number of construction companies have been encouraging their employees to get vaccinated and trying to figure out what the new rules mean for their workplaces. Biden announced on September 9th that private employers with more than 100 employees either …

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Contractors are finding new ways to cope with increased timber prices

US commercial and residential construction companies breathed a sigh of relief last month as softwood prices fell more than 30% after hitting an all-time high in May. Although prices remain high, they have dropped to more manageable levels, experts told Construction Dive. These fluctuations in the price of wood are related to the supply chain, …

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School districts are reluctant to use ARP funds for construction

Diving letter: A School Superintendents Association (AASA) survey shows that school districts across the country do not plan to spend much of their American Rescue Plan funds on building renovations or building new facilities. Nearly half of the districts reported spending no more than 10% of ARP funding on school improvements, while 16% of districts …

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Construction company saves $ 5 million on school project in California

Using a variety of tactics, The Boldt Company saved $ 5 million on building a new K-8 public school in Sacramento, California. The Paso Verde School project team faced a number of pandemic-related challenges after construction began on the $ 60 million facility in May 2019. The pandemic caused significant disruptions in the building materials …

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Mixed-use project near San Francisco remains on schedule with steel construction approach

Diving letter: The Gateway at Millbrae Station, one of the largest traffic-oriented developments in California, celebrated a major topping-out ceremony in July for both its residential and hotel components and the groundbreaking ceremony for the residential structure of its veterans. The project team used a Prescient steel frame system to reduce overall project costs and …

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NEXT Coalition introduces security and onboarding technology

The NEXT Coalition, a construction technology consortium formed in 2020 by Black & Veatch, DPR Construction, Haskell and McCarthy to address the challenges of COVID-19 on the construction site, has completed the rollout of a key safety orientation and onboarding technology and plans to continue its work after COVID-19, according to coalition members interviewed by …

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DoD officials detail military forms of construction

A senior Defense Department official held a conference in Washington, DC last week to discuss his vision and the important reforms that are being made around military construction. Since 2015, the department has been working to better review projects before construction begins, and to involve contractors and other partners at an early stage in order …

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SEC approves diversity rules on Nasdaq board of directors

Diving letter: A new rule stipulates that companies listed on the Nasdaq Composite Exchange Index must meet diversity requirements on their boards of directors, including the index’s many construction companies. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission approved an amendment to Nasdaq rules on Aug. 6 that requires its publicly traded companies to have different directorships …

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Rail projects in the US take longer and cost more than in other countries

U.S. railroad projects take longer and are more expensive than similar projects being built in other countries, according to a new report. American railroad projects with minimal tunneling take about six months longer than similar non-US projects, while construction completely underground can take almost a year and a half longer than overseas, according to an …

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Expert tips to benefit from the life sciences boom

Providing flexibility, maximizing building codes, and understanding the best retrofit applications are among the tips to capitalizing on the life sciences gold rush. Demand continues to outstrip supply in the life science industry, which includes working for customers in the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors. Part of the reason for the growth is vaccine development activities …

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